Algiers Charter Schools Association extends CEO’s contract

The Algiers Charter School Association announced last week that it is extending the contract of Adrian Morgan, CEO, and removing his current “interim” designation.

The ACSA, which is not publicly elected, governs Martin Behrman Charter Academy for Creative Arts and Sciences, Dwight D. Eisenhower Academy of Global Studies, William J. Fisher Accelerated Academy, Alice M. Harte Charter School, McDonogh #32 Literacy Charter School, Algiers Technology Academy, Edna Karr Charter High School and O. Perry Walker College and Preparatory High School.

Next year, the charter organization InspireNOLA will run Harte and Karr under the governance of the OPSB.

Over the past year, the ACSA staff has seen a high rate of turnover, and strained relations with the OPSB and the community. Last summer, attempts by the ACSA to reassign and fire school leaders met fierce opposition.

Facing a January deadline to return to OPSB control, Walker and Berhman school and community representatives pleaded with the board to let them return to the OPSB, but the ACSA voted against the return.

The board also is in charge of carrying out the controversial unification of Walker and L.B. Landry High Schools set to open next fall under the name Landry Walker High School.

“I am honored to have been chosen by the board and greatly appreciate this vote of confidence,” Morgan said in a news release. “It is my hope that this announcement will provide additional assurance and stability to the ACSA staff and community. We have had some success, but there is still much to be done. I am very excited about the opportunity to build on the great work of our teachers and school leaders to create even more phenomenal learning opportunities for the students of ACSA.”

Morgan’s contract will be extended through the end of June 2014 with the option to extend further at that time.

Appointed as interim CEO in August 2012, Morgan took over after former CEO Andrea Thomas-Reynolds opted not to renew her contract. Morgan previously served as the CEO and CFO for FirstLine Schools. Morgan holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, a master’s degree in secondary education from Columbia University in New York and a teacher certification from the University of Dayton in Ohio.